Theology of Work Bible Commentary: Jesus the Builder (Mark 6:1-6)

Most believers in North America (and, indeed, in all parts of the world) work in a secular environment for secular employers and with non-Christian work colleagues. As such, we all can learn a lot from the Bible on how to conduct ourselves in the workplace. Here is a brief lesson from Mark 6. From TheologyofWork.org…………………

Conducting Business in a Good Way is a Good Way to Share God’s Love — Dallas Willard

Doing “good” business is a way to share God’s love

The fact that religious leaders often resist the idea that the entire business arena as a place of divine action is testament to the lack of a holistic perspective regarding the type and nature of “good things” (blessings) God is working in and through our lives. In such circumstances local businesspeople may be farther ahead in the ways of the kingdom than those leading a local church. Business is an amazingly effective means of delivering God’s love to the world by loving, serving, and providing for one another. God loves the world (John 3:16), and because he does, he has arranged the enterprise and organization of business as a primary moving force to demonstrate this love throughout human history. Thus, the field of business and its unique knowledge fall perfectly into what can and should be understood as an essential realm of human activity that can and must come under the influence and control of God’s benevolent reign.

From The Divine Conspiracy Continued: Fulfilling God’s Kingdom on Earth. Copyright © 2014 by Dallas Willard amd Gary Black Jr. All rights reserved. Used with permission of HarperCollins Publishers.

I ‘Just’ Do Ordinary Work

The topic and the tenor and this article really resonates with me and the ethos behind this little blog of mine. The title of this site — AverageChristianNet — is about my firm conviction that the Christian and the non-believing world needs to hear more from us “average Christians.” Of course, us non-pastors, non-professorial types make up the vast majority of the Body of Christ….yet, we downplay our own contributions in the workplace, the marketplace, and the Internet. (I will have a lot more to say about this in upcoming original pieces). In the meantime, this article makes some important arguments that none of us do “ordinary” work! From The Gospel Coalition…………..

Perseverance, Wisdom, and Spiritual Growth (James 1:1–5)

From this brief commentary from the resource The Theology of Work Bible Commentary, it definitely appears that the Epistle of James can be very useful in the workplace! From The Theology Of Work Project……………………

“Blessed Are the Poor in Spirit, for Theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven” (Matthew 5:3)

Here is a helpful commentary on part of the Beatitudes in the Gospel of Matthew that believers need to apply in their places of work. Rather than fight with others to be seated at the “preferred seats at the head of the table at the banquet,” we should content ourselves to sit at the end of the table and wait for the Lord to make room for us at the head of the table in His time and in His way. From the Theology of Work Project…………………

https://www.theologyofwork.org/new-testament/matthew/the-kingdom-of-heaven-at-work-in-us-matthew-5-7/the-beatitudes-matthew-51-12/blessed-are-the-poor-in-spirit-for-theirs-is-the-kingdom-of-heaven-matt-53

10 Key Points About Work in the Bible Every Christian Should Know

One of the reasons I write this blog is because I am not a pastor or seminary professor or best-selling author. I am just a guy who follow Christ, and I worked for somebody else my entire adult life. So, articles like this one mean a lot to me, and hopefully to other normal Christian Joes and Jills! From the Theology of Work Project……………………